Split Vacation Packages & Tours

Croatia’s second-largest city, Split is a vibrant destination with the opportunity to get to know authentic daily life and friendly locals, spend time on beautiful beaches, and discover some of the world’s most well-preserved Roman architecture. Dating back to the late 3rd/early 4th century when Diocletian’s Palace was built as the emperor’s retirement residence, it’s jam-packed with history with many of the centuries-old buildings now home to art galleries, unique boutiques, museums, restaurants, and cafes. 

Always buzzing, visitors will find lots of options for world-class dining on a wide range of delicious cuisine, including Croatian and Mediterranean fare that can be paired with tasty regional wines, along with lively nightlife venues. Plus, as Split is centrally located along the Dalmatian coast, it’s a popular transport hub and port city. That makes it easy to catch a ferry to nearby islands and explore elsewhere, with many day trips easily doable from here.

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Where to Stay in Split

There are multiple areas of Split to consider for your stay. Before searching through the hotel and other accommodation options, get to know them so you can choose the best spot according to what you’d most like to do here. The most obvious may be the Old Town which will put you in the heart of many centuries-old landmarks, including that impressive Roman architecture while being just steps from shopping, dining, and more. You’ll find more affordable rates in the charming medieval district of Radunica, just east. 

West of the Old Town, Veli Varos is a lovely traditional area with cobblestone streets, small boutique hotels, excellent cafes, and restaurants with the palace still nearby. Those who plan to spend plenty of time on the sand and take advantage of the buzzing nightlife should consider Bacvice. Southeast of the city center, it’s home to Split’s most popular stretch of sand, Bacvice Beach. Family-friendly Znjan is nearby, ideal for those seeking a quieter atmosphere with easy access to the beach.

 

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When to visit Split

Split has a mild climate year-round with summer the warmest and liveliest time to be here, popular for spending days soaking up the sun on the beach, and enjoying festivals and the party scene. If you’d like to sightsee and enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking, 4X4 tours, and sea kayaking at a time when the crowds won’t be at their thickest and the weather is pleasant, considered May, June, and September or October, the shoulder season months. November through March is the most affordable and the quietest time to visit, making for a more budget-friendly trip, though you’ll need to bundle up a bit.

 

Split FAQ

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How many days do you need in Split?

You can see most of the highlights in Split over two days, but ideally, you’ll have three or four. Thanks to the city’s central location, there is a long list of fantastic day trips that can be enjoyed from here, including medieval Trogir, the famous Blue Cave on Bisevo Island, and other nearby islands like Brac, Hvar, Vis, and Solta. On your first day, you might explore the palace, people watch along the Riva promenade, and sample the delicious food and wine scene. On the second day, visit the museums and galleries, check out the beaches, and perhaps enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, or hiking.

What is the best time to visit Diocletian’s Palace?

Diocletian’s Palace is worth visiting anytime, but the evening hours are particularly enchanting without the crowds that fill it during the day. Enjoy the magical atmosphere by relaxing on the steps that lead to the Peristyle, the Old City’s main square, and the former central courtyard of the palace. Grab a coffee or a glass of wine from one of the charming cafes, soaking it all in with the magnificent Corinthian columns softly lit in pink while music softly plays in the background. 

 

What are the essential sights to see in Split?

The No. 1 attraction in Split is Diocletian’s Palace but there are several essential sights within the historic complex. Be sure to see the Cathedral of St. Domnius. Built over the late 3rd and early 4th centuries, it’s the oldest of its kind in the world and includes a more than 190-foot-high gothic-style bell tower that can be climbed for a panoramic view. St. Duje Cathedral on Peristyle Square, the Temple of Jupiter, and the palace cellars should also not be missed. Other essentials include the Green Market, Bacvice Beach, and Marjan Hill where you’ll find one of the best sunset views around.

 

Is Split worth visiting?

Split is one of the must-visit destinations for anyone traveling to Croatia. Not only does it offer a long list of fantastic things to see and do, including the incredible Diocletian’s Palace and its remarkably well-preserved Roman architecture, but there’s a fantastic dining scene, beaches for swimming, and opportunities for all sorts of outdoor adventures. It’s also a great base for day trips to nearby islands and famous attractions like the Blue Lagoon. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, foodie, thrill-seeker, beach lover, or someone who wants to delve into hopping nightlife, you’ll find it all here.

 

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